After saying that she didn't have time to read about the Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh tweeted a clarification and a new statement on Wednesday night.
Pugh says she is well aware of the testimony, despite her earlier comment that she doesn't have time to read about it.
Her earlier statement reads:
Reporter: Have you been hearing the testimony coming from the trial?
Pugh: No, no I have not... look I gotta run a city I don't have time to sit in the trial... I don't even get a chance to read all the articles that you write. I don't have time to just read articles but we do hear some of the testimony that's taken place and I think as anybody is or would be in our community would be surprised by some of the accusations that have been made some of the testimony that has been had.
Just after midnight she sent the following tweet with her new statement,
Be assured, we are addressing the culture and practices of the Baltimore Police Department in a way that will engender the highest level of trust and confidence our citizens want and need in those who are sworn to protect and defend. pic.twitter.com/LwriN8rwjJ
— Mayor Catherine Pugh (@MayorPugh50) February 8, 2018
The mayor also said in her statement on Twitter that she is meeting regularly with the Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa to talk about how they can make the police department more accountable, and raise its level of integrity.